Fairytale-Inspired Portraits Reimagine Disney Princesses as Regal Young Black Girls

Disney Princesses Reimagined

“Princess Amethyst,” inspired by Rapunzel

Thanks to a collaborative effort between makeup artist and hairstylist LaChanda Gatson and CreativeSoul Photography, Disney princesses have been beautifully reimagined as young Black girls. Aptly called Princess Series, the stunning portraits feature the girls made up from head to toe to capture the essence of characters like Snow White and Ariel. But Gatson, who also provided creative direction, gave the subjects their own style and reference to culture; their outfits are complete with gorgeous accessories and couture-style gowns that are more dazzling than the characters they reference.

The Princess Series was created with the goal of inspiring “more girls around the world to start seeing themselves as regal princesses.” Gatson created the concept for it many years ago—when she was a kid, in fact. “The idea was developed early on in childhood from the consistent lack of representation of Black children in almost all forms of media where children play a significant part,” she tells My Modern Met. “Even though I loved watching and reading fairytales and fantasy, I would often reimagine these characters more relatable to me and my culture.”

“These princesses were reimagined from a collection of fictional princesses and global fairytales,” Gatson explains, “ones I grew to love throughout my years. I reimagined them as Black urban royalty. I chose a team of talented Black creatives and created the change I wanted to see.”

Ultimately, Gatson hopes the striking series will help to inspire change. “I hope this series is just the beginning of endless opportunities for inclusion and more Black creativity in fantasy. Let’s continue to have a conversation and understand that our children matter too.”

CreativeSoul Photography is selling the portraits as prints. They're now available on their website.

Makeup artist and hairstylist LaChanda Gatson and CreativeSoul Photography collaborated on a gorgeous series of portraits in which Disney princesses are reimagined as young Black girls.

Black Disney Princesses

“Princess Rose Quartz,” inspired by Princess Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty”

Black Disney Princesses

“Princess Onyx,” inspired by Pocahontas

Disney Princesses Reimagined

“Princess Emerald,” inspired by Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog”

Disney Princesses Reimagined

“Princess Garnet,” inspired by Snow White

Disney Princesses Reimagined

“Princess Jade,” inspired by Cinderella

Disney Princesses Reimagined

“Princess Moonstone,” inspired by Elsa from “Frozen”

Disney Princesses Reimagined

“Princess Diamond,” inspired by Anna from “Frozen”

Disney Princesses Reimagined

“Princess Obsidian,” inspired by Shuri from “Black Panther”

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“Princess Citrine,” inspired by Belle from “Beauty and the Beast”

Black Disney Princesses

“Princess Tigers Eye,” inspired by Nala from “The Lion King”

Black Disney Princesses

“Princess Turquoise,” inspired by Jasmine from “Aladdin”

Disney Princesses Reimagined

“Princess Amber,” inspired by Moana

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“Princess Aquamarine,” inspired by Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”

CreativeSoul Photography: Website | Facebook | Instagram
LaChanda Gatson: Instagram | Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by CreativeSoul Photography.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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